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JC Man Pleads Not Guilty in January Standoff

A man accused of holding a woman against her will in a Johnson City apartment in January was arraigned in Broome County Court on Monday.

Alpha Ketchatcham, 27, pleaded not guilty to charges of holding a woman hostage that sparked a three-hour stand-off with police on January 29th in the city.

Police said they received a report of an unknown situation at 19 Main St. around 3:30 am on that date. Upon arrival, a woman would not answer the door for authorities. Investigation revealed that a man with active felony warrants lived at the apartment. Based on observations, it was determined that she was being held against her will.

Metro SWAT was activated for the incident. A negotiator was able to get the woman, and a small child, out safely. Ketchatcham failed to surrender.

The SWAT team entered the apartment and found him hiding under a kitchen sink shortly before 7:00 a.m.

Investigation revealed the woman was held against her will, and Ketchatcham attempted to prevent her from calling police by threatening her, and causing physical injury to her. They said the child was uninjured.

On Feb. 19th, Ketchacham was indicted with charges of second-degree strangulation and first-degree coercion. He was also charged with misdemeanor counts of criminal obstruction of breathing and endangering the welfare of a child.

A conference has been scheduled for March 9th to discuss further steps.

Ketchatcham currently remains in the Broome County Jail.